Castle Round Table: The End of an Era

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It was the end of an era this week, as Beckett officially left her apartment behind on Castle Season 7 Episode 9.

Below, TV Fanatics Stacy Glanzman, Jim Garner, Robin Harry, Chandel Charles and Christine Orlando are joined by Bobbie from The 12th a Castle Fan Forum to discuss favorite '80s action movies, the most memorable scenes from Kate's apartment and their favorite scenes from "Last Action Hero."

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Do you have a favorite '80s action movie?

Stacy: I have to go with The Empire Strikes Back, with Raiders of the Lost Ark as a close second. 

Jim: I have to go with Die Hard. Bruce Willis really started the "smart quip" genre of action stars, with John McClain. Even today, who doesn't know McClain's now famous, "Yippee Ki-Yay M... F....!"  

Robin: Does "all of them" count as an answer? That's totally my genre! I honestly can't pick just one...so I'm gonna go with my top three: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lethal Weapon and Die Hard. 

Chandel: I wasn't alive during the decade, so I am not privy to the full breadth of my options....That said, I will side with Stacy on Raiders of the Lost Ark!

Bobbie: I was busy teaching and raising kids in the 80's and didn't get to ANY movies!

Christine: For some reason I don't think of Empire Strikes Back or Raiders of the Lost Ark as "action" films although they are favorites and they have plenty of action. My favorite classic '80s action hero movie is definitely Die Hard. I just might go watch it now.

In honor of Kate officially giving up her apartment, what was the most memorable scene from that set?

Stacy: For me it's the scene in the season three finale when Castle comes to plead with her to walk away from her mother's murder. Their acting is phenomenal and the tension is so intense. That whole episode is about as close to perfect as it gets and is still my all time favorite of the series. 

Jim: I'm going against the majority here and picking the last scene in the apartment, where Kate engraved her initials in one of the header beams to leave a mark on the place, the way it left a mark on her. 

Robin: I'm with Stacy - my favorite was the Season 3 finale, where Castle brings up the first kiss and the fact that they nearly died in each other's arms. I loved that scene.

Chandel: When Rick told Kate he loved her in the Season 4 finale and let her continue pursuing her mother's case on her own. It was one of their more intense moments, but it was the first one that came to mind when thinking about her current apartment, so it must have had an impact!

Bobbie: I have to mention two. The first was that emotional scene when Castle told Kate he'd waited 4 years for her to see that he's more than a partner and he told her he loved her. Nathan about broke my heart with his delivery. The second is the Valentine drawer scene. That was incredibly touching. 

Christine: I loved the first time Castle visited with flowers in hand to find a teary eyed Beckett and Josh off in Africa "saving the world." Kate let him in and he even got to see those photos of her and her mom ice skating. I've always thought those were really sweet scenes. 

Ryan was trying to come up with his own tag line. Either share your favorite '80s tag line or come up with one for yourself?

Stacy: May the force be with you immediately comes to mind. Granted the original Star Wars was in the 70s, but it's been said in all of them so I think it still counts. 

Jim: Did I mention "Yippee Ki-Yay M... F....!"? Also "I'll be back," as said by "Ahh-nold" in every movie after Terminator, comes to mind. 

Robin: I'm WAY too lame to come up with my own tag line.I'm going to go with one I use more often than I'd like to admit: Sgt Murtaugh's (Danny Glover) line from Lethal Weapon: "I'm too old for this s**t."  

Chandel: Again, a little lacking in the '80's movie knowledge department. So I'm going to co-opt from the Hunger Games and say "May the odds be ever in your favor." Does that count? 

Bobbie: I have to give my husband credit for this one. He came up with: "Sly with style and going the extra mile."

Christine: I know it's not from an action film per se, but I still love it. "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." - The Princess Bride.

Did anything disappoint you about this episode?

Stacy: I would have liked to see Beckett talk to Castle about why she was upset at his remarks about her apartment. He wasn't thinking when he made those comments and had no idea they bothered her. 

Jim: Ted McGinley was the best they could do for a "80's action movie star"? Really, "Ace" from the Love Boat (or Jefferson on Married with Children) was the only "go to" for an 80s star? I'm pretty sure Wings Hauser hasn't done much lately and would have been up for the role. 

Robin: I wasn't a fan of the whole "bring Castle on an action heist" section, and the idea that a bunch of action movie stars would actually pull of a heist was kind of silly. 

Chandel: The fact they were calling the film "Indestructibles," it was painfully obvious what they were riffing off of and I wasn't too impressed by it.....

Bobbie: I was definitely disappointed that they had Castle appear to have no emotional connection to Kate's apartment. That seemed out of character to me because he's usually the sentimental one. There were some monumental moments shared in that place.

Christine: I, too, had hoped that Kate would share her feelings about her apartment with him. He was having a clueless moment but he would have gotten it if she'd taken the time to explain. I was really hoping to get that scene at the end back at the loft but it wasn't meant to be. 

What was your favorite scene from "Last Action Hero?"

Stacy: Kate and Lanie in Kate's apartment. I love the little moments we get with them and wish we could see more of their friendship. I loved the toast to the "best apartment ever." 

Jim: It is a tie.. First, the "tough guy" in me loved Castle stopping Brock from kicking in the door and testing the door knob first. It's a classic 80s trope that after kicking in a door they find that it wasn't locked, so this worked on several levels. And the "soft guy" in me loved Lanie putting it very plainly why Kate's apartments was her home and not just squeaky boards. She actually brought a tear to my eye. 

Robin: My favorite scene was Castle completely fanboying over Ted McGinley's character. I totally relate - if I went on set of the Expendables, I'd probably have a heart attack.

Chandel: Rick running around the nightclub saying "I'm starring in my own action movie." He was like an excited little boy dressed up as a martial arts expert and it was priceless.

Bobbie: I loved the whole sequence of Castle getting to roll with his idols on a mission! Loved the outfit, the fear that Kate would kill him, almost getting caught and then Kate playing him like a fiddle as she listened to the recording from the car on earphones.  

Christine: When I saw Castle in that outfit with the cut off sleeves and the headband I came close to literally laughing out loud. It was completely cheesy but spot on for '80s action hero wardrobe. I still smile just thinking about it. 

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Castle Season 7 Episode 9 Quotes

Ryan: That strains credibility.
Esposito: Yeah, in a good way.

Castle: I was raised by a single mother. Hard Kill was how I got my bro time.
Ryan: That explains so much.